Tom Ferrero Studio

Tom Ferrero is a metal artist, painter, designer and teacher. He is also a recipient of a United States FULBRIGHT grant and is a two time, 1st Place, NICHE AWARD winner as well as a 1st place winner in the International SAUL BELL DESIGN competition. He held the rank of Assistant Professor of Jewelry for 6 years at NSCAD Univeristy in Halifax, Canada and is into his second decade as the Department Head of Metalsmithing at Camp Laurel in central Maine. He is currently a part time Art Instructor at Maranacook Community High School where he teaches a variety of classes including Drawing, Painting and Darkroom Photography and is a Lecturer at the University of Maine - Augusta, teaching courses in 3D Design.

Ferrero receives MASTER CRAFT ARTIST AWARD and lifetime membership from the Maine Craft Association

Ferrero receives MASTER CRAFT ARTIST AWARD and lifetime membership from the Maine Craft Association
In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding Master Crafts Artist recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award will confer the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence.

Award Criteria:
This award is granted for a body of work and career of service in the Arts. Nominees’ work is judged through images of the body of work (and/or hands-on examination of individual pieces),documentation of the artists’ career through resumes, portfolios, publications, etc. In reviewing the work of artists nominated for Master Crafts Artist awards, the jury is guided by these benchmarks: excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

Excellence in craftsmanship is demonstrated by work that shows the highest standards of quality, a mastery of the medium far beyond basic and intermediate proficiency skills: attention to detail, and use of highest quality materials that further enhance overall design. Entire works are executed without technical flaw and meet their intended purpose, functioning impeccably.The appropriateness of technique and process are successfully united in pieces that show excellence of craftsmanship.

Inspired design is demonstrated by work whose design shows resolution: excellent
composition, employing tension and space to enhance overall design. Choice of materials and methods show innovation and mastery. Inspired design also surprises or intrigues the viewer.

Singular voice or style is an innate part of the master craftsperson’s expression. A conceptual richness evidenced in the work shows the nature, complexion and execution that mark the individual’s work as distinctive. It sets the work apart, not only qualitatively, but also in achieving an individual identity, readily recognizable as belonging to that maker.


Ferrero's work highlighted in Art Maine magazine: 2019 Annual Guide

Ferrero's work highlighted in Art Maine magazine: 2019 Annual Guide
Showcasing 91 of Maine's most collectable artists.

Ferrero takes 1st Place in 2016 Saul Bell Design Award for Hollowware

Ferrero takes 1st Place in 2016 Saul Bell Design Award for Hollowware
Photo credit: Rio Grande
At a celebration dinner held on May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as well as in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category for designers 21 years and younger. Prizes, awards and congratulations were presented to each winning designer at the gala dinner. The winning designs, as well as all finalist pieces, are featured online at saulbellaward.com.

The Saul Bell Design Award is a chance for jewelers and artists to reach for greater heights of skill, knowledge and imagination as they conceive and execute a career-defining design. The best jewelers from around the world compete to be recognized for excellence in their field.

Click on the link for the MACE shown above to view images of the winning piece.

Copy and paste the link below into your browser to read an interview with Tom conducted by Marlene Richey.
http://tinyrio.com/1swdu9c


Ferrero's work featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine

Ferrero's work featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine
See feature article on page 26.

From the publisher, "Metalsmith gives you a front row seat on the world of studio art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. It's smart, beautiful and provocative, and guaranteed to inspire and invigorate. Coverage spans contemporary makers, artists in their studios, edgy work, production jewelry, fashion, hollowware, furniture, collectors' collections, and much more. For over 30 years, Metalsmith has brought you the best in the field."

You can subscribe to Metalsmith Magazine via SNAG's website or purchase a copy at your local bookseller.


Eric Steidlmayer, Head Men's Tennis Coach, UC San Diego

"I bought your jewelry this past fall and gave it to my girlfriend for the holidays. She absolutely loved the designs and loved how elegant they looked. Thank you very much for your work. I definitely appreciate it and know I will buy more in the future."

Biography

Tom Ferrero was raised in Windsor, Connecticut and first discovered his love for metal working as a high school student. He continued on to college and became a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. There he majored in Metal sculpture and jewelry design, studying under Professors Leonard Urso, Mark Stanitz, & Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez, and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in May 2002.

He has worked for such artists and companies as the Barbara Heinrich Studio a
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